Throw Away That Steak And Save The Planet!

by John Hawkins | September 8, 2008 11:18 am

Despite the fact that most of the recent available evidence seems to suggest that earth is going into a cooling phase[1], the global warming doomsayers are still at it.

If you want to see how far the Al Gore crowd would go if they could get away with it, I think this piece at the BBC[2] gives you an idea,

People should consider eating less meat as a way of combating global warming, says the UN’s top climate scientist.

Rajendra Pachauri, who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will make the call at a speech in London on Monday evening.

UN figures suggest that meat production puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than transport.

…”The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that direct emissions from meat production account for about 18% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions,” he told BBC News.

“So I want to highlight the fact that among options for mitigating climate change, changing diets is something one should consider.”

…Transport, by contrast, accounts for just 13% of humankind’s greenhouse gas footprint, according to the IPCC.

Dr Pachauri will be speaking at a meeting organised by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), whose main reason for suggesting people lower their consumption of meat is to reduce the number of animals in factory farms.

CIWF’s ambassador Joyce D’Silva said that thinking about climate change could spur people to change their habits.

“The climate change angle could be quite persuasive,” she said.

…Ms D’Silva believes that governments negotiating a successor to the Kyoto Protocol ought to take these factors into account.

“I would like governments to set targets for reduction in meat production and consumption,” she said.

“That’s something that should probably happen at a global level as part of a negotiated climate change treaty, and it would be done fairly, so that people with little meat at the moment such as in sub-Saharan Africa would be able to eat more, and we in the west would eat less.”

Let me see if I am reading this right; they want to set up a global climate change treaty that will presumably force the West to provide more meat to the poor around the world and eat considerably less meat themselves in order to fight what appears to be a non-existent threat that they say will be dangerous to some people a hundred years from now. Meanwhile, we’re trying to stop Iran from starting a nuclear arms race in the Middle-East and we can’t get any real cooperation.

Methinks they’re irrational and their priorities are more than a little bit out of whack.

  1. earth is going into a cooling phase:
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